COVID-19 South Dakota Case Updates

South Dakota COVID-19 Updates

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Updated weekly on Wednesday by 12 Noon CT and includes cases reported by 1 p.m. Tuesday each week.

NOTE: Identification of variant viruses should be considered an indicator of wider transmission in the community since the number of COVID-19 positive virus specimens undergoing genomic sequence testing is done as sentinel monitoring rather than all positive specimens being tested.

NOTE: During the past calendar week, July 25-31, there were 52 cases per day reported to SD-DOH. This is an increase of 68% from the 31 cases per day reported during the previous week.


  • The Community Impact Map uses the definitions for none, minimal, moderate, and substantial community transmission. The level of spread is aligned with the CDC’s Community Mitigation Framework.

  • The number of persons positive for COVID-19 and number of tests positive for COVID-19 reflect only South Dakota residents, regardless of where testing was conducted (in-state or out-of-state).

  • Investigation of a person positive for COVID-19 is completed by the public health agency in the state where the person resides. A South Dakota resident testing positive in another state is reported to SD-DOH for investigation.

  • States notify the public health agency in which close contacts of a positive case reside so notification can be made. A South Dakota resident will be notified if they were a close contact to a confirmed case by the SD-DOH.

  • A person is considered recovered after they have been released from isolation by SD-DOH upon meetingthefollowing: (1) at least 10 days have elapsed after their symptoms began, and (2) at least 24 hours haveelapsed after their fever resolvedand their other symptoms have improved.

  • COVID-19 cases within South Dakota K-12 Schools and Colleges, Universities, and Technical Schools in the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Monthly number of total tests reported and total persons tested for SARS-CoV-2. Data will be updated monthly.

  • Number of COVID-19 Vaccine distributed to South Dakota:


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